UPDATE: The Rockies just issued a statement saying Nicasio has been released from the hospital and “is resting comfortably at home in Denver.” Great news.
Struck in the head by a line drive Friday night, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a broken neck but “is definitely moving in the right direction,” according to manager Jim Tracy.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Nicasio “was mobile again, with assistance, for the second consecutive day Tuesday” and “was able to speak briefly on the phone with his mother.”
Renck describes Nicasio’s progress as “incremental improvement” from the fractured vertebra in his neck, which teammate Troy Tulowitzki called “the scariest thing he has ever witnessed on a baseball field.”
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.